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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Juggler brings unusual skills to 'Dralion' show

Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Vladislav Myagkostupov adds movement and acrobatics to his juggling performance for 'Dralion,' which starts its run at the Cedar Park Center today.
By Pierre Bertrand AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Austin, TX--When observing Vladislav Myagkostupov juggling, don't blink, or you'll be sure to miss something.
Give him seven juggling balls and a flat surface, and Myagkostupov will turn juggling into something hypnotizing, animalistic and full of acrobatics.
Myagkostupov, a resident of Las Vegas, is not in Austin out of the blue. He's a juggler and acrobatic dancer, one of 52 performers in the new "Cirque du Soleil" production "Dralion." The show, which fuses both Eastern (dragon) and Western (lion) influences, opens today and runs through March 20 at the Cedar Park Center.
Trained by his parents, both of whom performed with the Moscow circus, Myagkostupov was immersed in circus life almost from the beginning. As a child, he traveled with his parents' troupe all over the globe until his seventh birthday. His parents trained him in dance at age 4, and by the time he was 6, he was juggling. His first public performances were in malls. He was 8. A year later, he had his own professional career.
"I just of grew up into that," Myagkostupov said. "Yeah, it wasn't easy, because I went to school in the morning and then after school I would come back — I would practice — then at night I would have the show. I would do my homework in between the show, and then wake up and then go back to school. So it was a pretty busy schedule."
His first professional engagement lasted three months and was in a casino in Wendover, Nev. read more at:http://www.austin360.com/arts/juggler-brings-unusual-skills-to-dralion-show-1309075.htm

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